HBO has a proven history of adapting successful best-selling novels into hit TV shows (Game of Thrones and True Blood, anyone?). With the help of Damon Lindelof—writer and producer of the popular television series Lost—HBO aims to repeat this feat. Lindelof is executive-producer and co-writing The Leftovers pilot with original author Tom Perrotta.
The Leftovers is a “quasi-religious mystery” about the aftermath of what readers of the Bible would call the Rapture. Instantly, people all over the globe vanish. No dust, no trace. Disappear. Gone.
For sure, some people remain left on Earth (a show without people wouldn’t be very interesting!). And it’s in one small town, which lost 100 people in the “Sudden Departure,” where the setting takes place.
The thrust of the story focuses on the mayor of that small town, Mayor Kevin Garvey, and his attempts to keep his community upright as all crumbles around him. But even as Mayor Garvey struggles to keep order outside his home, inside his home his family unravels.
Unlike the popular Left Behind series, in The Leftovers there is no preachy story of good vs evil. The Leftovers is more about the quest for survival. And seeking and find meaning in a world radically transformed. Because the big question is: How would you act if all you knew forever changed in a flash? Can you ever know until it happens?
HBO’s best-selling book adaptation of the The Leftovers stars Liv Tyler (Armageddeon, Lord of the Rings) and is now filming in Nyack, New York.